Alcide Introduces sKan, Bringing More Security to Kubernetes

Alcide, a Kubernetes security provider, is releasing sKan, an open and free command line tool that brings Alcide Security Platform to the hands of developers, DevOps and Kubernetes application builders.

sKan enables developers to scan Kubernetes configuration and deployment files as part of their application development as well as CI pipelines.

Alcide sKan, powered by technology behind Alcide Advisor and Open Policy Agent (OPA), is a software translation of DevSecOps culture and shifting security left to the hands of developers building Kubernetes-based applications.

Alcide sKan complements Kubernetes application builders’ choice of deployment framework tooling, whether this is via Helm charts, Kustomized resources or plain Kubernetes resource files (Yaml/Json).

Alcide sKan helps filling the Kubernetes security skills gap engineering teams often experienced by putting in developers' and DevOps' hands a tool that provides immediate feedback on security issues, risk, hardening and best practices, of Kubernetes deliverables, before even committing to a single line of code or deploying.

“What we keep hearing from our customers and prospects is that they want to bring the K8s security insights to developers early on,” says Gadi Naor, Alcide’s CTO and co-founder. “This is why we created sKan, to serve as a checkpoint tool for developers that is available in their comfort zone without interrupting their development workflow.”

Each sKan covers a broad range of potential security risks Kubernetes application builders must care about: from verifying that deployment files are not configured to run privileged, nor introduce risks to Kubernetes worker nodes, through RBAC sanitation checks, identifying secret leaks and many more.

Alcide sKan presents actionable insights for each detected risk to help improve the security of first-party software built in-house as well as third-party software deployment files or Helm charts.

In addition to sKan, Alcide is providing educational resources and teaming up with other leading technology companies to provide valuable and free content for developers.

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